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June 1, 2010 / studyingsociology


Cuture  click the hyperlink for the slideset.

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Societies and Culture



Folkways, mores and laws revised

Since our culture consists of everything we know and everything we have in common with others it is really a way of summarizing the totality of knowledge that we share with others. It has three main characteristics:
it is shared, it is not necesarily limited by time or space, and it consists of material as well as non-material elements.

We can look at culture on a micro or a macro level. Microcultures are smaller, of course, they might be as small as the shared “world” of a group of friends; in which case they’d be called an idioculture. Small cultures could be small in comparison to a larger group, in which case we’d call them sub-cultures; they would be smaller than the macro-culture or “mother culture” in which they reside, but like the idiocultures they’d have more in common with the larger culture then differences from it.

A culture can have many sub-cultures.

Although the video describes three divisions in culture, we typically combine these into just two:

  • Material culture
  • Nonmaterial culture

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